The Hayward Rubber Company


The primarily agricultural town of Colchester began changing dramatically in 1847 when Nathaniel Hayward, owner of a small rubber shoe factory in Lisbon, built a rubber plant on Lebanon Avenue.  The company produced rubber shoes and boots attracting nearly 1,000 people to the town to work as laborors in the factory.  Mills, farms, retail stores a bank and manufacturing plants soon opened in order to serve the growing community.  Nathaniel Hayward was instrumental in the formation of a fire company in 1854 and was involved with the establishment of the Colchester Savings Bank.

In 1865 Nathaniel Hayward died, but the rubber company and the town continued to prosper.  In 1893 The Colchester Rubber Company was sold to the U.S. Rubber Company.  Soon after the company closed permanently leaving 600 workers without jobs.

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“The Colchester History Museum is excited about our new ‘First Saturdays’ program,” said museum administrator Joanie DiMartino. “It’s a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to visit the museum and participate in an activity that is fun, hands-on, and rooted in our history.” DiMartino noted that the First Saturdays programs are informal, so that visitors can stop by anytime during the 11 am to 2 pm open hours, and stay as little or as long as they like. “Just as the museum is self-guided,” she continued, “the ‘First Saturdays’ programs, led by one or two members of our volunteer staff, are free-flowing. We hope to generate interest in an activity or topic–there’s no pressure to be perfect, we just encourage visitors to try something different, an activity either once done or inspired by the past!”

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